Matching Requirement

The Agricultural Act of 2014 added a new requirement for financial matching of some NIFA competitive grant awards.

Matching for these awards means that a grantee must provide funds, in-kind contributions, or a combination of both, from sources other than funds provided through such grant in an amount that is at least equal to the amount awarded by NIFA, unless the grantee is exempt from the matching requirement or the requirement is waived.

The new requirement impacts grants made after Oct. 1, 2014. 

Answer the few questions below to help determine if you need to meet the new matching requirement for competitive grant programs. 

1. Does the program to which I am applying have a matching requirement? [Find out by consulting this table of programs]

a. If your program is not covered by the new requirements, you have no new match requirement to meet
b. If your program is covered, then proceed to #2

2. Am I in a group that is exempt from the matching requirements? [Find out by consulting the FAQ #2]

a. If you ARE in an exempt group, you have no new match requirement to meet
b. If you are NOT in an exempt group, proceed to #3 

3. Do I have a qualifying partnership? [Find out by consulting FAQ #4]

a. If you DO have a qualifying partnership, you have no new match requirement to meet
b. If you do NOT have a qualifying partnership, the new match applies.
If the new match applies to you, you may be able to request a waiver of the requirement.
Learn more about requesting a waiver

Download the New Matching Requirements for NIFA Competitive Grant Awards Fact Sheet.